Forest Bathing at the beach? Absolutely! There is literally one tree at this location. Forest Bathing is really just one part of the wider practice of 'nature connection', and that can occur anywhere. There are many benefits to our health and wellbeing related to spending mindful time at the beach. We will wander, sit, breath, notice the never ending horizon, sky and ocean and feel the predictable, powerful rhythms of nature. We will also have an opportunity to explore the practice of making nature mandalas - using pebbles, shells and other beach objects, or drawing in the sand.
Join me for a Japanese Shinrin Yoku inspired 'Forest Bathing' experience at the Encounter Marine Park, Aldinga. To borrow a phrase from a fellow Nature Connection guide - 'the beach is my forest' because nature connection is not just about trees.
Forest Bathing is not about bushwalking or nature identification, or ‘thinking’. It is an opportunity to engage our 5 senses - listening, touching, smelling, tasting and seeing as we allow ourselves to just ‘be’ in nature. The experience involves guided ‘invitations’ to help us connect with nature, calm our busy minds, perhaps be playful and have some fun and is tailored to the needs of the group.
Nature connection supports the development of sensory awareness, physical skills, emotional regulation and connecting with others in a group - plus many other benefits. As an occupational therapist I know that all of these can support our ability to do the things we need, want and have to do every day.
In a world where people of all ages are increasingly disconnected from nature, a deliberate nature-based experience such as this can help us access the wellbeing benefits of nature.
Where will we meet?
At the car park at the top of the stairs to the beach at Snapper Point. There are some shops across the road (Jimmy's Pizza Bar and Takeaway).
Is there a toilet?
Yes, at the car park.
Will I be safe?
I have a current first aid certificate and will be carrying a first aid kit. There is mobile phone reception where we will be. Please advise any particular health concerns that may be relevant. Please feel free to contact Bronwyn to discuss any concerns on 0412404700.
This event is held along the beach. There are quite a few steps to climb down and then back up at the end of the walk. We never need to rush and you can walk the stairs at your own pace. We will walk up and down a slope to a raised area (and the one tree). You will be able to sit on the beach but there is no other seating.
What should I bring into the event?
We will go ahead regardless of the weather so dress appropriately during this change in seasons and bring waterproof clothing in case of rain. Consider wearing/bringing an extra layer as well as beanie (hat), gloves and scarf if it's cold or windy. It probably will be windy at this beach. If sunny then suncream and a shady hat are recommended.
Also - a drink bottle of water, and any special snacks you may want. A simple snack (usually fruit) and place specific tea will be served as part of the experience. If you or anyone in your group have any dietary restrictions or allergies please contact the organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise prior to the event.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
e-mail email@example.com or phone Bronwyn on 0412404700
What's the refund policy?
The event will only be cancelled in the case of extreme weather or safety hazards e.g., thunderstorms. If the event is cancelled a full refund will be provided. If you are unable to attend the event and cancel via the Eventbrite process a full refund will be available up to 1 day prior to the event.
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